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Senate Bill filed to renew ABS-CBN franchise

Senate President Tito Sotto has recently filed a new bill that seeks ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal.

Sotto’s Senate Bill No. 1967 seeks to grant ABS-CBN a new license to operate its television and radio broadcasting stations.

Sotto recognized that television plays as the primary source of news. The filing is backed with data from the Social Weather Station (SWS) survey in September 2020, which states that 69% or 45.8 million adults use TV as the primary news source.

As reported by ABS-CBN News, Sotto has told reporters in a text message that he discerned that TV stations have been replacing their news programs with animes. “It means competition is absent and mediocrity is creeping in because of the absence of a strong competitor like ABS-CBN,” Sotto has mentioned in a text message.


Furthermore, Sotto also recognized that despite ABS-CBN’s absence from free TV and radio stations, the TV network continued to get high ratings on various platforms where select Kapamilya shows continue to air.

The Senate President also cited data from Kantar Media regarding the viewership in the Philippines. “In September, ABS-CBN is still the top choice of viewers in the Philippines… as the network registered an average audience share of 45 percent or 14 points higher than GMA’s 31 percent,” He stated.

Moreover, the bill seeks to grant the Kapamilya network another 25 years from the Act’s effectivity date.

Back in July 2020, ABS-CBN failed to renew its license to operate after the House Legislative Committee disapproves its franchise renewal.

Source: ABS-CBN News


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11 Responses

  1. Daniel Dabon says:

    Papasno ung mga violations ng abs cbn kakalimutan na lang ba?

  2. Rodrigo Ancheta says:

    Sus ganun pala they are doing good on other platforms so why a new franchise? Doon na lang sila tutal kahit anong gawin nila feeling number one sila parati! What else is new? Bida bida forever!!!

  3. roger malaran says:


  4. Elmer says:

    Hihihi…ganoon lng kadali…yung mga politiiko na yan…kunwari ayaw..pero…ibibigay din…hihihi…binigyan lng ng leksyon…sana…kung babalik mn..dapat maging patas kayo…wala kayong kakampihan…hihihi

  5. Shanoob says:

    Pagbalik ng ABS-CBN sila na pinakamalaking tv station (well dati pa naman) ulet. With platforms na hindi nila ginagamit dati na ngayon pinagkakakitaan na nila, pinalaki lang ni Duts (kung sya man nagpasara o si CayeThanos) ang ABS.

  6. Gretchie Jun says:

    Well, I am so very excited to see abs-cbn at channel 2, and hopefully they’ll be more good and having a good impact to all of us ??

  7. Jess says:

    BIR: No tax delinquencies, tax evasion
    SEC: PDRs do not mean foreign ownership
    DOJ: Media outlets can operate beyond 50 years; Gabby Lopez is a Filipino citizen; KBO is legal
    NTC: No issue with airing multiple channels in 1 frequency, and selling digital boxes
    PEZA: Big Dipper company and its activities are legitimate
    DOLE: No labor law violations

    Congress had no reason not to renew the franchise but 70 cowards would rather please Malacanang

    • Justin says:

      Exactly! Di bale na raw yung mga mawawalan ng hanap-buhay. They’d rather kiss Duterte’s a$$.

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